Painting Class Update
Saturday I taught another Bloom painting class and I loved every minute of it and just wanted to take the time to share some highlights from the day.
In my introduction to the painting class, I shared my mission to encourage women to acknowledge and embrace their innate creativity.
You might ask why? Why, when it takes all your effort (and mine) just to put food on the table, keep on top of house cleaning, manage appointments, have time with my family and work a job etc.
For me, nurturing my creative spirit always puts me in a better place to then tend to all of those other things mentioned above.
When I take just 10 minutes to sketch out a tulip, take a photo of a bumble bee and observe (btw, aren't they amazing?), walk through a meadow with my senses alive, close my eyes and listen to a piece of music, write out a prayer of thanksgiving in my journal etc - all these activities (and so many more) help us connect within to our Great Creator. It is then that we are able to fill our 'cups' for the rest of the day and perhaps be better equipped to have renewed patience with our children, be a little more understanding with our husbands, serve better, comfort a friend, count to ten when stuck in a traffic jam etc.
As one of my workshop participants wrote out a quote (above) from Mother Teresa:
'We need to find God and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, the grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to touch souls.'.
- Mother Teresa
.... if we are constantly 'doing' and not replenishing our souls, hearts and minds with what delights us, then we will sink eventually...
Getting back to the painting class, do you see the little heart (bottom left) in the photo above? This was Abi's piece and she was delighted to have spotted the heart within - totally unexpected, uncontrived and like a little gift to her, reminding her to take this time for self expression.
I heard the other day that our ancestors were cave painting before they were even farming - that's how important creativity was and still is.
The piece above was mine and our first project of the day. All that was required was to simply play and to put paint to paper in a way that felt right for that person - just applying stroke after stroke, not paying much attention to the outcome - watching colour merge and pool into the water. Time soon passed and everyone was surprised by how natural and easy it had felt once they had conquered their fear of 'just beginning'.
I loved how everyone incorporated a bit of their own reality and story into their pieces and this I think was a pleasant surprise and meaningful to all my participants.
In my piece above, I added a sketch of a sweet pea flower which is very dear to me and has many fond memories associated with it from my childhood. I then added the word 'heart' and found myself adding half circles to the full circle above - kind of like creating a heart opening.
The magazine image that I used, also shows an open window and for me this seemed to suggest an 'open heart' to what may come. Then the tea pot, flowers and apple all signified simple pleasures - to first look within and around me and not necessarily to culture or world view but rather, things of the heart that are true, loving and real.
So, I hope you've enjoyed seeing this update on my recent art class and please consider joining me on a future art class.